The Wedding Series #1 - Tenille by Simon Aberle

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This is a series I started shortly after my older brother Darren’s wedding in March this year.
I couldn’t afford a wedding present for him and I felt terrible about it, so I decided to start drawing a belated wedding present for them.
This is the work that I am most proud of to date.
I started the first one in April and finished the last one in June.
It was an epic body of work that I had to keep going back to between commisions. I have been dying to post this first installment since I finished it on April 20th 2009, but restrained myself until all three were completed.
Special thanks to Mark at Perceptions Photography for giving me permission to use the reference photo (which you can see on his website)

Graphite Mechanical Pencils 3H, HB, 2B on Reeves A4 white sketch paper

Completed 20th April, 2009

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I am a South Australian practising artist specialising in graphite pencils and soft pastels. I take portrait commissions and can be contacted at or


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  • Angie Muccillo
    Angie Muccilloover 5 years ago

    Absolutely stunning work!! Lovely reference photo and so beautifully drawn…the detail is exquisite..what a great wedding present :-)

  • Thank you!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Julia  Thomas
    Julia Thomasover 5 years ago
    you really have outdone yourself Sime! The details of the different textures is just outstanding! Better than any gift you coud have bought them!
  • Thanks Julia! I’m very happy with it!

    – Simon Aberle

  • conniecrayon
    conniecrayonover 5 years ago

    Outstanding ,superb work Simon,i feel that their love for each other shines through with this wonderful set youve so lovingly produced,,, a truly priceless gift that no money could buy ((O:

  • Thanks so much!

    – Simon Aberle

  • whizzywhizzer
    whizzywhizzerover 5 years ago

    fantastic depth in this piece Simon, awesome subject too!!!!

  • Thanks. I enjoyed these largely because I got to choose which reference photos to use which is a nice change!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Michael Scholl
    Michael Schollover 5 years ago

    unreal! Wow!!!

  • Thanks Michael!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 5 years ago

    The detail in that dress is phenomenal!!! You must have EXCELLENT eyesight to be able to work in such detail Simon. Magnificent!

  • Thanks Lynda! Yes my eyesight is pretty good, but my determination is better! I couldn’t cheat or take shortcuts, it was too important this time :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 5 years ago

    Drawing!!! …… this is brilliant, Simon…your brother and his wife must be thrilled with the time and effort and love you put into this….What a keepsake for them!!

  • They are very happy with it. They were actually speechless for a few minutes as they absorbed it :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • Margaret Harris
    Margaret Harrisover 5 years ago

    Wow..great drawing Simon…love the lace…Beautiful work !! :)

  • Thanks Margaret. It was a challenge, but I still loved it!

    – Simon Aberle

  • Ross Aberle
    Ross Aberleover 5 years ago

    As I commented on the other two masterpieces, you have it down to a tee. It is stunning how the beautiful pattern of the white wedding gown appears to be added to a dark setting rather than the dark features added to the white. Masterfully executed. You make your father proud yet again!

  • Thanks so much for your support and the kind words as always Dad :)

    – Simon Aberle

  • mochilady
    mochiladyover 5 years ago

    Amazing! You have so much details in this illustration. Great work!

  • Details are where I feel at home. Thanks for commenting :)

    – Simon Aberle

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